Commissioner Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Skokie, Illinois
Green schoolyards provide daily access to nature and are critical to supporting the wellness of kids and communities, while also providing important stormwater management in highly urbanized areas. Using Chicago’s Space to Grow model, this session will highlight innovative partnerships and co-benefits green schoolyards provide to schools, students, and communities.
Connect documented research about green schoolyards to health and educational outcomes.
Understand the features of community-designed green schoolyards and how they support wellness, community building, and positive academic outcomes.
Learn how stormwater management can be incorporated to restore dilapidated schoolyards, reduce neighborhood flooding, and improve water quality.
Learn how to partner with municipalities and stormwater agencies to leverage schoolyard improvement funds that benefit the whole community.